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laden's compound in pakistan and terror group is now within reach. david is live from kabul, afghanistan. >> reporter: the duly appointed defense secretary arrived here a few hours ago to find out for himself the situation on the ground here. he has brief talks with military officials including david petraeus and then he went straight into a meeting with the afghan president hamid karzai. their discussions included the transition of nato held areas of afghan control starting in july but also the drawdown of u.s. troops over the next year. he says he hopes to drive the taliban into peace talks over that period. he also said he was upbeat about prospects of defeating al-qaeda if they can capture and kill remaining leaders. >> i would say somewhere around 10 to 20 key leaders, between pakistan, yemen, so somalia and north africa, if we can go after them, i think we really can strategically defeat al-qaeda. >> he also said the targeting of leaders such as the al-qaeda chief ayman al-zawahri continues to limit their ability to conduct attacks. he may just go well over the border in pakistan's
to then finding out more key leaders in al qaeda. he mentioned about ten to 20 leaders. possibly in pakistan. >> he will be meeting his counterpart who will also be meeting the afghan president, but most importantly, he is going to be meeting the commanders on the ground and the service men and women fighting the fight in afghanistan coming at a very important time in the fight in afghanistan primarily because this is when we expect the transition to begin in certain parts of afghanistan, parts where they're going to be handing over the responsibility to the afghans themselves. also coming at a time when president obama has already announced the draw down efforts hoping for that to end by the year 2014. >> with regard to that, how overall is the fighting going in afghanistan? i mean, are we getting much closer in a palpable way to turning things over to the afghan security forces themselves? >> well, alex, when you talk to officials here on the ground, when you talk to the commanders on the ground, they'll tell you they are closer to that time where they can pass it over to the afghan people
the border in pakistan is a concern back where they started in afghanistan's hills. we pushed down into the valley, still an insurgent strong hold. high-tech american attack helicopters buzzed overhead until militants shot at them from the valley. >> it's uncharacteristic from the taliban i know. they're getting gutsy. right past there. if you go past that you're going to take enemy contact, it's pretty certain. >> the afghans are clear about who lay in weight for them ahead. >> translator: it's very dangerous, there are taliban, arabs, pakistanis there. >> at the foot of the valley, the american base is often hit by pot shots, sometimes from lone gunmen up high who they then mortar. al qaeda's return to these remote hills could tie america's hands, making harder to justify pulling back from here. the terrorist network that made america's case for invading. nick payton walsh, cnn afghanistan. here at quicken loans, we like to go the extra mile for our clients. with the wassman family, it was 2,500 extra miles. we're the wassman family from skagway, alaska. livin' so far out and not
they be in yemen, somalia, pakistan or north and central africa. but on this trip in afghanistan panetta is expected to meet with his counterpart, the defense ministry in afghanistan, and he is also expected to have a press conference with the afghan president, hamid karzai. aside from that, the most important part of the visit is talking to the u.s. commanders on the ground here in afghanistan, talking to the u.s. servicemen and women as well who are fighting the fight within the country. right now the strategic time within the war and afghanistan, the president announced the withdrawal plan by the end of this year. 10,000 americans are supposed to leave the country by the end of next year. he's hoping another $23,000 by next year. right now the time for secretary panetta to talk to the commanders here, to the afghan government here, to see how to transition the authority they have in afghanistan back to the afghan people. >> do you think the key to targeting al qaeda is all the information taken from osama bin ladin's compound on may 2nd? >> reporter: well, that's the big question. did
of strategically feeting al qaeda. he says the u.s. identified 10 to 20 leaders who he says are in pakistan, yemen and in other areas. >>> and one new nation in the world, two big celebrations marking independence day. this is the flag of the now independent nation of south sudan, rising for the first time over the capital city of juba. the country is officially separate today after five decades of on and off civil war with the mostly muslim north. the same flag rising today in washington, d.c. over the new embassy of south sudan. >>> so let's talk about that moment some more, that scene of the flag rising above the new embassy of south sudan in washington. elise abbott is the senior state department producer. that scene almost as important as the celebration in south sudan. lots of symbolism that comes here and a real commitment too between the u.s. and south sudan. >> that's right. the u.s. really for decades has been working to help south sudan for this moment. the u.s. really under the bush administration started pushing this agreement, this comprehensive peace agreement between south and nort
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